Around Town

The Emo Walleye Classic is this weekend, May 26, 27 and 28. Check out the full scheduile of events at

The Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists will be hosting a Spring Birding for Beginners field trip, Saturday, May 28 beginning at 8 a.m. Meet at the marina in Fort Frances. The route will cover Point Park, the waterfront, wetlands, and may possibly head to the Emo lagoon. Bring boots! Your host will be Bob Saunders. Suggestions of equipment to bring include binoculars, camera, smart phone and any guide books you wish to bring.

The Friends of the Library are happy to announce the Book Sale is back! Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Books are for sale by donation; cash only. Please bring your own bags. Donations are appreciated! Please drop off the week prior to the sale.

Science North will be at the Rainy River Rec Centre, May 28. A day of free and fun science shows and demonstrations, perfect for families and kids. Stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Pride Month activities will kick off May 31, with All Tea, No Shade – a tea to be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Rainy River Public Library. Tea and dainties will be served. Hosted by Borderland Pride. For a full listing of Pride Month events, visit

The Fort Frances Horticultural Society will be holding its Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, June 4th, starting at 9:00 a.m. The sale will be held at 1021 Walker Avenue. See you there!!

Spring Plant Event: Fort Frances Public Library – June 4 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Northern Ontario Plant Exchange and FFPLTC welcome everyone to a meet & greet, plant exchange, seed swap and general event. A free event to share all things plants and gardening including cuttings, pots, soil, seeds, seed- lings, outdoor growing containers, bird feeders, house plants, bedding plants, perennials, trees, shrubs, moss, rocks, you name it! To reserve a table or for more information please call Nadine at 807-274-9879.

The Fort Frances Ministerial Association is hosting a ‘Remembering Lives Lost to COVID-19’ event at Rainy Lake Square on Friday, June 10th from 12:15pm to 12:45pm. It is open family, friends, and the community who experienced loss during the pandemic. There will be music, scripture, and prayer. (Those who cannot stand for an extended period of time are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.)

Choir! Choir! Choir! will be in town June 11 for a free show at the Rainy Lake Square, through a partnership between Borderland Pride and Tour de Fort. The concert will kick off right after the Pride March that day. Although tickets are free, pre-registration is required. To register, visit www.borderland-

The Amazing Drag Race will be held June 18. The race is a car rally, taking place from noon to 2 p.m., with a barbecue and karaoke from 2-4 at Point Park. Register to race, or come down for the after party! A team is 2-5 players. All racers must be in drag or costume! Visit to register your team. Space is limited!

The Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association is looking for AA coaches for the 2022-2023 season. Coaches are needed in the U11, U13, U15 and U18 divisions. To apply, visit

All seniors are invited to play BINGO each Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Frances Senior Centre. For more details, call Cindy Noble at 274-7656.

Quest for the Best is back! Get ready to show off your talents, under the Big Tent at the Sorting Gap Marina, on Friday July 22. Entry deadline is July 8. $40 for solo acts; $50 for duets. For more information, contact the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, or visit

The Right Relations Circle meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre at 10 a.m. – EVERYONE WELCOME. This community group is committed to improving settler-Indigenous relations in the Rainy River District (Treaty 3 territory) through education, outreach, sharing, and advocacy on issues of reconciliation, diversity, and inclusion.

Riverside Foundation for Health Care monthly 50/50 tickets are available. Don’t miss out on your chance to keep health care close to home! Get your tickets now at

The Fort Frances Lions Club TV Bingo will run Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m., on Shaw Cable. Tickets at all the usual places.

Ukraine fundraisers

Atikokan Stands with Ukraine is a grassroots organization to raise funds and provide housing for several Ukrainian refugee families. They will be collecting monetary donations, as well as clothes, toys, bikes, and household items for the region’s refugees. Monetary donations over $100 are eligible for a tax receipt. E-transfers are accepted at